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16:31  02 august  2021
16:31  02 august  2021 Source:   cbssports.com

MLB rumors: Starling Marte likely to be traded after rejecting extension; Twins only willing to trade rentals?

  MLB rumors: Starling Marte likely to be traded after rejecting extension; Twins only willing to trade rentals? Here are Sunday's trade deadline rumorsMarlins outfielder and free agent-to-be Starling Marte recently rejected a three-year, $30 million contract extension, and there is now a "great chance" he will be traded prior to the July 30 deadline, reports USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Earlier this month we heard Marte is seeking a three- or four-year deal in the $50 million range.

Hello everyone! Happy Monday and happy August. I'm a little sad about how fast this summer has seemed to fly by, but we have some nice weather left, so no need to panic yet.

Today we will talk about a lot of things, and a lot of them will be about the Olympics. But first let me get to this: there are rumblings that Austin, Texas has emerged as a possible new home for the Buffalo Bills as stadium issues arise.

Would the people of Austin be willing to jump through on-fire folding tables? I can't imagine Bills Mafia being without their team. Playing where it isn't below zero all the time? That just seems wrong.

Ok, I digress. Let's get started.

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  The Bucks are not going to cool down at home with a title on the line, plus other best bets for Tuesday The Bucks have lost at home only once this postseason and it took 48 points from Trae Young, along with 22.2 percent shooting from behind the arc from Milwaukee, for that to happen. The Bucks shot unrealistically well in Game 5, but so did Phoenix, and both sides normalizing favors Milwaukee because of their rebounding and transition excellence. It would be a bit unfair to suggest that Chris Paul has struggled in the last few games. He shot 60 percent with 11 assists in Game 5. But he hasn't been able to share ball-handling duties as evenly with Devin Booker as he did when the Suns were at their peak.

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1. USWNT falls to Canada, won't win gold for second straight Olympics ⚽

The United States' women's national soccer team always has high expectations at the Olympics, but for the second straight Games, they will not be in the gold medal match. The USWNT was shut out by their rival Canada, 1-0, early Monday morning, putting an end to Team USA's hopes of winning it all for the first time in nine years.

For Canada, the hero was Jessie Flemming, who recorded the only goal of the game on a penalty kick conversion in the 75th minute. There were other turning points in the game, however.

  • In the 20th minute, U.S. goaltender Alyssa Naeher was subbed out after making a play on the ball in the box. She left with an apparent knee injury. The U.S. number one did make an attempt to try and play, but needed to sub out and made way for Adrianna Franch in net
  • The United States recorded their first shot on goal from Carli Lloyd just past the hour mark, which shows how frustrated Canada made them offensively
  • The main turning point of the match occurred in the 75th minute, after VAR spotted an incident in the box between Canadian substitute Deanne Rose and U.S. center back Tierna Davidson led to the penalty kick

Team USA will have an opportunity to play for a bronze medal on August 5 and will face the loser of Sweden vs. Australia. Meanwhile, Canada will have a shot to win gold in the final against the winner of that game.

Kyle Lowry free agency update: Pelicans expected to pursue six-time All-Star in offseason, per report

  Kyle Lowry free agency update: Pelicans expected to pursue six-time All-Star in offseason, per report Lowry has been with the Raptors since 2012, but will become a free agent this summerThe New Orleans Pelicans have emerged as a possibility for Lowry, according to Marc Stein. At the moment, they don't have an obvious path to fitting Lowry under the cap. The Pelicans could create roughly $13 million in cap space by renouncing their rights to Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, but even if that was something that they wanted to do, Lowry would surely want more. At the trade deadline, he reportedly wanted a two-year, $50 million pact from any team that acquired him.

2. Austin emerges as possible relocation spot for Bills ????

Could the Bills be headed to Austin, Texas? It seems impossible to imagine them anywhere outside of where the Bills Mafia is in Buffalo, but amid Orchard Park negotiations, Austin has emerged as a possible landing spot for the AFC East team.

There are currently negotiations happening between the ownership brass of the Buffalo Bills, the state of New York and Erie County. An ownership source said Texas is a possible destination/threat as one of the "other cities elsewhere that desire an NFL franchise and would pay handsomely for it."

We all know money rules in the NFL, so while it does not seem like a serious option, money makes anything a serious option.

Here's what has gone into this development:

  • Bills ownership put forward an initial $1.5 billion proposal for a new stadium in Orchard Park
  • The new stadium would be entirely taxpayer-funded
  • Part of the proposal would help renovations for the Buffalo Sabres' arena, KeyBank Center
  • The Sabres' arena and Bills' stadium are both owned by Pegula Sports and Entertainment
  • They plan to build the new football stadium right next to the existing stadium, meaning there would be no temporary relocation
  • The Bills' lease expires in 2023

The Buffalo News reported that the team has not made clear threats to leave Buffalo if it doesn't get full funding, but made it evident that other cities would be interested in welcoming the team.

2021 NBA Draft: Rockets trying to move up and acquire No. 1 pick from Pistons, per report

  2021 NBA Draft: Rockets trying to move up and acquire No. 1 pick from Pistons, per report The Rockets are interested in Cade Cunningham, the presumptive first pickThis year should be no different. There are plenty of stars who could be on the move, including Bradley Beal and Ben Simmons, and the top of the draft is as talented as it has been in a long time. The Detroit Pistons currently hold the No. 1 pick, and are expected to take Cade Cunningham.

  • Freeman Klopott, a spokesman for Andrew Cuomo's budget office:"Governor Cuomo is committed to the Bills staying in Buffalo, as demonstrated by the state's contribution to the recent $130 million investment in the current stadium. The administration is fully engaged with the Bills and other stakeholders as we conduct due diligence to understand the economics around the team's proposal ahead of the current leasing expiring in 2023."

This situation proves just how many cities would love to turn into an NFL town, and that they would be willing to put forward the money for it.

3. Monday's Olympic schedule: Late night USA basketball; track and field rolls on ????

Today is day 11 of the Olympics and there is no shortage of exciting action to watch. Below is a look at what events to look out for today:

  • Baseball semifinal: USA vs. Japan -- In progress
  • Men's basketball quarterfinals: Slovenia vs. Germany at 9 p.m., United States vs. Spain at 12:40 a.m. (on Tuesday)
  • Track and field finals: Women's long jump, Men's 400m hurdles, Men's pole vault, Women's hammer throw Women's 200m, all starting at 9:50 p.m.

4. Caeleb Dressel proves life after Michael Phelps isn't so bad for U.S. swimming????

If you watched Michael Phelps during his prime, just seeing a highlight or thinking back to his dominance will transform you to those exciting years. You essentially knew when he got in the pool he was going to win, but he still left everyone amazed, breaking records while becoming the face of USA swimming.

NBA free agency tracker 2021: Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul have options; Kyle Lowry leads unrestricted class

  NBA free agency tracker 2021: Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul have options; Kyle Lowry leads unrestricted class Keeping tabs on all the free agency moves before the start of the 2021-22 NBA seasonThough pen can't technically be put to paper until Aug. 6, most years we see plenty of deals agreed upon during the moratorium period. This year's free agent class will be shaped by a couple of major decisions from superstar players. Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul both have player options for next season. If they choose to decline them, they will become the unquestioned jewels of the 2021 market. The top unrestricted free agents are veteran point guards Kyle Lowry and Mike Conley, with restricted free agents John Collins and Lonzo Ball also expected to draw significant interest.

After he swam his final Olympic lap, it felt there was a hole in the country's men's swim team. But then came the emergence of Caeleb Dressel, who has shown that the United States is still dominant in the sport.

The 24-year-old swimmer was one of the main athletes to watch in these Tokyo Games. He broke Olympic and world records and took home five gold medals, three of which were individual. Now that swimming has wrapped up at the Olympics, let's take a look at Dressel's resume:

  • Five golds at the Tokyo Olympics, three individual
  • Seven total Olympic medals, all gold
  • Third American male swimmer to win at least three individual golds at a single Olympics (Mark Spitz, Phelps)
  • First swimmer in history to win gold in the 50-meter freestyle, the 100 free and the 100-meter butterfly at the same Olympics
  • Fifth American in history to win that many events in a single Olympics in the past 50 years ( Spitz, Phelps, Eric Heiden and Matt Biondi)
  • Set Olympic record in men's 100-meter freestyle final (47.02)
  • Set a world record in the men's 100-meter butterfly (49.45)

Need I go on? He's dominant.

CBS Sports' Matt Norlander discussed how what Dressel has done at the Games is even more impressive given the hectic schedule he's had to deal with.

  • Norlander: "We've touched on all his wins, but let's not forget his insane schedule, which included quick turnarounds on multiple nights as he competed in events that were scrunched together and tested his physical limits. He's built for it. This was, on balance, one of the most impressive collective performances by any athlete we'll see in any sport this year."

Dressel was always one to watch heading into the Olympics, but he exceeded expectations and gave the performance of a lifetime each time he got in the water. Who even knows what he will be able to accomplish at the Paris Games in 2024.

Sean McVay says he won't play Darrell Henderson during the preseason after Rams lost Cam Akers for season

  Sean McVay says he won't play Darrell Henderson during the preseason after Rams lost Cam Akers for season Could the door be open for a lesser-known name to take over the reins in the backfield?During a Monday press conference, Rams head coach Sean McVay told reporters that Henderson will not play during the Rams' three preseason games, according to Pro Football Talk. Henderson figures to be the new starting running back for Los Angeles -- especially with Malcolm Brown gone. Last year in 15 games and 11 starts, he rushed for 624 yards and five touchdowns on 138 carries. His production hinged on whether Akers was in the starting lineup or not, as CBS Sports' Dave Richard pointed out in his fantasy reaction piece.

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???? Odds & Ends

  • The U.S. beat Mexico, 1-0, on Sunday in the Gold Cup final in Las Vegas
  • The Mets failed to sign Kumar Rocker after taking the Vanderbilt righty with the No. 10 pick in 2021 MLB Draft
  • Urban Meyer has opened up about the glaring weakness in Tim Tebow's game
  • Kawhi Leonard will reportedly decline his $36 million player option, become a free agent...  but still re-sign with Clippers
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???? What to watch tonight

???? 2020 Tokyo Olympics | TV: fuboTV, NBC

Cleveland vs. Blue Jays, 3:07 p.m. | TOR -280 | TV: MLB.TV

Phillies vs. Nationals, 7:05 p.m. | WASH +115 | TV: MLB.TV

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Over theweekend, Lions quarterback David Blough was cheering on his wife Melissa Gonzalez, an Olympic hurdler, and went absolutely nuts when she qualified for the 400-meter hurdle semis. Talk about an athletic family. He watched along with other members of the Lions organization, who were all cheering on Gonzalez as well.

Fantasy Football draft prep 2021: Drafting my best team from No. 2 overall in a 0.5 PPR league .
The No. 2 pick is pretty simple in Round 1, and then it gets interestingPicking at either end presents a challenge because of the distance between your picks and the runs that can happen. It's easy to miss two or three tiers at a position. Also, basically anyone you're considering at 3.2 is certain to be gone when you pick at 5.11. And that happens every two rounds. For that reason, on either end, it's best to just get your guys and worry less about ADP than you normally would. There's no "reaching" when you have to wait 20 picks for your next pick.

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